Monday, February 14, 2011


Title: The Treasures of Carmelidrium
Author: N.R. Williams

Book Description: When a hooded man steps in front of her car, Missie is thrust through a portal into a medieval world where she encounters monsters and mythical creatures. Here, her flute has magical powers to heal and destroy and to empower "The Treasures of Carmelidrium." She is romanced by a prince and hunted by the villain. Will she find her way home? Does she want to?

Review: N.R. Williams' The Treasures of Carmelidrium yanks the reader into the fantastical, Medieval-like world of Gil-lael. Michelle "Missie" Kersten is a flutist a few classes away from graduating when she crashes into another world. Valiant Prince Healden comes across of her. The two are linked to King Carmel and Queen Lysandra, and history repeats itself as Missie and Healden fight against Renwyck, Lord of the Symberveen, and for love and peace for Gil-lael and themselves. With giant eagles, elves, and a vast history within this world, the novel is almost Tolkien-esque in places. Then, there are the unicorns and Ms. Williams' mythical creation of the symberveen, a bear-like monster that fills its victims with psychological horrors. To me, the symberveen are an excellent addition to legendary beasts. Friendship, betrayal, love, and hate play major parts in The Treasures of Carmelidrium. Music, magic, and war entwine, and in the end, new beginnings blossom. I look forward to the sequel.